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Charu Suri
Charu Suri has been jetting around from country to country ever since she was five years old, and has lived in India, Africa, Italy, Greece and England. Her work has appeared in many national magazines including U.S. Airways Magazine and Simply the Best. Follow her adventures on her travel blog,

Entries by Charu Suri

A Former White House Chef Transforms a Hotel Restaurant into a Flavorful Destination

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 8:15 AM

Frank Ruta -- the former White House Chef who served the Reagan and Bush families for over a decade -- is shy by nature. When I dined at Capella Georgetown's The Grill Room last week, he was the culinary puppet master who conjured seven courses without once emerging...

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A Never Before Seen Picasso/Dali Exhibit Opens in St. Petersburg, FL

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 4:55 PM

For Hank Hine, Executive Director of The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, it was quite natural to envision a retrospective juxtaposing two artistic titans: Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso.

"These are two great artists of the 20th century, and among the different voices that I've heard, people rarely speak of...

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Wisconsin's Winter Wonderland Has Something For Everyone

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 6:00 AM

As I snowshoe on the Ringle Trail in the Nine Mile County Forest, I can hear a soft crunch of footsteps; I have a sudden urge to scoop the fresh snow and create a good old snowball. It had snowed copiously the day before, and the powder is...

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The 15th Annual Chocolate Show Highlights (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 8:52 AM

There is no other show in New York City that unites chocolate experts, artisans, chefs and consumers together like the annual Chocolate Show, which is currently in its 15th year. This is a show where you can learn from experts, sample the goodies, learn about the artistry of...

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Jordan's Petra Is Still Alluring Two Centuries Later (PHOTOS)

(10) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Petra's entrance is waking up from its reverie, its rock-cut tombs, temples and rose red walls sleepy with shadows. Even the alley leading up to the entrance gate, typically flanked with busy hawkish vendors, is starkly quiet. Morning is still in Petra.

A group of adventurers, eager to get that...

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Traveling To Montreal For The Sake Of A Bagel (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 7:00 AM

My checklist of Montreal's top attractions during a recent visit ran something along these lines: take a walk down the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal, experience the tweet-worthy summit of Mont Royal, eat fresh corn on the cob at Jean-Talon marche, buy bottles of Ice cider and... eat a bagel...

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Tour Operators Tap Into New Customers Using Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 7:00 AM

The days of booking tours using a rotary phone and a brochure are rapidly changing. Today, savvy tour operators are tapping into a stream of new customers using a variety of social media channels, most notably Facebook and Twitter.

The rationale for these creative viral strategies is simple: more tour...

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The 14th Annual New York Chocolate Show Highlights (PHOTOS)

(5) Comments | Posted November 12, 2011 | 3:50 PM

Whether you're a connoisseur, a chef, a foodie or someone who just likes to eat sweet stuff, The 14th Annual New York Chocolate Show is sure to have something that will surprise you.

The world's largest event dedicated to chocolate features more than 65 well-known...

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Family Friendly Activities In San Antonio, Texas

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 1:30 PM

It's not all about the Alamo in the thriving city of San Antonio. From the iconic downtown area to the sprawling Westin La Cantera resort that's a Texas Colonial landmark, the city is souping up its offerings for adults and children alike. Here are some can't miss family...

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Another Side of Lone Star State

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 12:06 AM

Travelers commonly associate Texas with cattle ranches, but the state has more to offer. For me, Canyon of the Eagles, near Austin, was a revelation: Here were elegant, winding trails, wild animals and wildflowers.

The air was thick with the sound of crickets -- a noise foreign to a metropolitan...

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Deconstructing the Best Discount Hotel Sites

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 3:39 PM

While the demand for business and leisure travel in 2011 is picking up pace, it's safe to assume that the smart shopper mentality still exists, especially when it comes to hotels. Henry Harteveldt, Forrester Research's vice president and principal analyst for travel says 40 percent of travelers are...

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The Traveling Oxymoron: Luxurious Vegan Cruises

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 5:10 PM

As a vegan traveler boarding my first cruise, I expected the usual slew of questions when it came to my culinary choices. "What's a vegan? Does this mean you don't eat? Are you like a fruitarian? If you saw a steak would you call PETA?"

A month ago, I was...

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